Safeguarding at St. Crispin’s

 

Safeguarding Policy

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Mr H Whitaker

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Assistant Headteacher

Mr R Blyth

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs K Sharma

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Assistant Headteacher

Mr H Whitaker Mr R Blyth Mrs K Sharma

 

At St. Crispin’s, we recognise and take extremely seriously our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all our students.

It is essential that a culture of safeguarding is embedded across the school where all young people feel safe and members of our community are able to report concerns that they have.  As part of this commitment, we have an initiative known as:

This came together following consultation with students, staff and parents.

The name and logo of this comes together to emphasise two key priorities:

  1. Our students should feel safe to disclose any concerns they have whether that be regarding themselves or others in the knowledge that they will be reassured and not judged. The number ‘2’ represents the partnership between student and staff member in working together following the disclosure
  2. Our students should feel safe and not feel judged in their opinions, nor should they hide their opinions in fear of being judged. For students to develop, it is important students are able to express themselves and contribute to class discussions on a regular basis which can positively affect their learning.

There is a reporting system through email, s2s@crispins.co.uk, that allows young people to contact the pastoral team directly.  This recognises that some students find it easier to discuss through an electronic format and face to face discussions can then be arranged through this communication whether that be with a member of the school staff, a peer mentor or an external organisation.

Message from Mr Blyth (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

As the Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead, my key responsibilities are:

  • To be available for all members of our community to discuss any safeguarding issues or concerns
  • To ensure that cases of suspected or actual child protection or safeguarding concerns are referred to the appropriate agencies
  • To ensure that all staff are fully trained in safeguarding and know how to spot and raise concerns
  • To undergo regular refresher training to ensure my safeguarding knowledge is as up to date as possible and in line with new guidance
  • To ensuring that adequate reporting and recording systems are in place for safeguarding procedures, and that there are appropriate transferal procedures for records if students move school
  • To ensure that the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures are up to date with the most recent statutory guidance, and that everyone who has safeguarding duties are familiar with any updates
  • To communicating with our community on the school’s policies and procedures, as well as any concerns or referrals where appropriate.
  • To ensure we complying with requirements laid out by the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (BWSCP)
  • To ensure St. Crispin’s has sufficient safer recruitment procedures.
  • To be aware of any children who may require specific safeguarding needs and have specific vulnerabilities.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further regarding safeguarding and child protection at St. Crispin’s, please do not hesitate to contact me on blythr@crispins.co.uk or on 01189781144

There are 3 Deputy Safeguarding Leads who are available for students to speak to also and this is publicised across the school:

SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION

Safeguarding is a wide definition, it is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm it includes issues for schools such as:

  • Pupil Health & Safety
  • Bullying and racist abuse
  • Cyber safety / Internet safety
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Meeting needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Drug and substance misuse
  • School security
  • Promoting attendance
  • Minimising exclusions
  • Issues specific to the local area
  • Safe people – safer recruitment compliance
  • Hearing the child’s voice – school council, mentoring, peer counselling
  • Behaviour management and the use of physical intervention

Child Protection refers to measures that are undertaken to protect specific children who are at risk of suffering significant harm, which could be physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Knowing the signs of abuse and how to report them is a vital part of safeguarding students.

Abuse is defined as “a form of maltreatment of a child.  Somebody may abuse a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.  Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (eg. via the internet).  They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children”.  (Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2018)

What we will do if we have a concern about your child
Cyber Bullying
Internet Dangers
Radicalisation and Extremism

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